According to Health Day News on Monday, Gunshot wounds put about 7,500 children in the hospital and cause 500 in-hospital child deaths each year in the United States.
The number of children and teens in the U.S. who die in hospitals from gunshot wounds rose 60 percent in a decade, according to the first-ever study on such fatalities.
The two Boston doctors who conducted the study say the results should turn the national conversation away from semiautomatic weapons to limiting the number of smaller firearms in homes.
An estimated 500 American children and teens die from gun injuries each year. About 7,500 American children and teens are hospitalized for gunshot wounds annually – an 80 percent increase from 1997 to 2009.
Study lead author Dr. Arin Madenci said in an academy news release:
"Handguns account for the majority of childhood gunshot wounds, and this number appears to be increasing over the last decade. Furthermore, states with higher percentages of household firearm ownership also tended to have higher proportions of childhood gunshot wounds, especially those occurring in the home."
There was no correlation found between attitudes about children’s safety around guns and the amount of gunshot wounds that children suffered. The study authors have speculated that the amount of gunshot wounds and deaths among children may be reduced by decreasing the amount of households that own guns. Handgun ownership reduction, the study authors say, could particularly influence a corresponding reduction in gunshot wounds and fatalities among children.
Emily Sutherlin is also the Pregnancy Examiner.
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